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December 18, 2009 | By Anshul Rana and Mark Magnier
The man accused of being the lone surviving gunman from the November 2008 terrorist attack in the Indian city of Mumbai retracted his confession Friday, saying he was forced by police to sign the statement and that he was in jail at the time of the assault. Ajmal Amir Kasab, a Pakistani citizen who says he came to India to work in Bollywood, is charged with 86 offenses, including murder and waging war against India in the attacks at multiple sites in South Asia's financial hub that left 166 people dead.
March 9, 2014 | By Henry Chu
MADRID - Reminders of her son hang close to Pilar Manjon's heart. There's the necklace she wears with his name, Daniel, and the golden pendant bearing his first initial. A locket holds a tiny snapshot of his handsome face, smiling with the promise of a life that was abruptly cut short, along with scores of others, a decade ago in the deadliest Islamic terrorist attack on European soil. Daniel, 20, was heading into downtown Madrid the morning of March 11, 2004, when a series of bombs exploded within minutes aboard four packed commuter trains.
January 25, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged a man with threatening to launch a chemical terrorist attack and sending letters containing a white powdery substance to authorities. Paul Charles Steeves, 43, of Santa Cruz was arrested after an FBI investigation. Authorities said Steeves posted messages on two websites -- one for Drew Barrymore fans -- threatening to launch an attack Jan. 16.
January 13, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - Many of President Obama's closest advisors have embraced a controversial assessment of one of the National Security Agency's major data collection programs - the belief that the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks could have been prevented had government then possessed the sort of vast trove of Americans' telephone records it holds now. Critics of the NSA program, and some scholars of America's deadliest terrorist attack, strenuously dispute the view that the collection of phone data would necessarily have made a difference or that the possibility justifies the program now. The presidential task force that reviewed surveillance operations concluded last month that the program "was not essential" to preventing terrorist attacks.
September 13, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A court found four members of the same family guilty in the first verdicts in the case of India's deadliest terrorist attack, the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people. Three other members of the Memon family were acquitted. A total of 123 men and women were accused of involvement in the bombings in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay. The blasts were apparently in revenge for the demolition of a 16th century mosque in northern India by Hindu nationalists.
They were supposed to show the best face of post-Nazi Germany. Instead, the 1972 Munich Olympics became the scene of the worst terrorist attack in sports history. Neither the games themselves nor the world at large ever have been the same. The brutal hostage-taking and the botched rescue attempt killed 11 Israeli athletes, five Arab terrorists and one German policeman.
January 3, 1988 | Associated Press
U.S. Navy Petty Officer Ronald C. Strong was buried in his hometown Saturday, a week after he was killed by a terrorist's grenade thrown into a crowded USO club in Barcelona, Spain. About 200 mourners gathered beneath gray skies to watch as Strong's coffin was lowered into the snow-covered ground at Reeders Cemetery. A bugler played taps and a U.S. Naval Honor Guard fired a 21-gun salute. Attacker Threw Grenades Strong was killed and nine others were injured Dec.
December 15, 1989 | From Associated Press
The government, criticized a year ago for holding back public warning of possible terrorist activity, issued a rare advisory today saying there could be holiday-season attacks on Americans overseas. The State Department expressed concern today the possibility that Middle Eastern terrorists may be planning a variety of attacks, perhaps against U.S. targets in Western Europe or West Africa.
Responding to a series of intelligence alerts from around the globe, the State Department issued a warning late Friday about the danger of terrorist attacks by groups sympathetic to the government of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The agency said in a statement that Iraq had expanded its support in recent months for several terrorist organizations, particularly radical Palestinian groups.
December 7, 2012 | By Petra Bartosiewicz
When it comes to homeland security, we've been seduced for more than a decade by a "preemptive" mandate that directs us to catch terrorists before they strike next. Where law enforcement once investigated crimes to determine who was responsible and how they could be prosecuted, it now also gathers intelligence to prevent potential future crimes. This mandate, however, has been characterized by a distinct absence of actual terrorist plots. Instead, we've seen an increasingly familiar pattern - the most recent case in the last few weeks involved four young Southern Californians who were arrested in a case built largely by a well-paid informant.
October 30, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- More than 48 hours after a car plowed down pedestrians and burst into flames at Beijing's Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government broke its near-silence on the incident and characterized it as a “terrorist attack. " Chinese state media on Wednesday identified the people in the car as members of one family --- the driver, Usmen Hasan; his mother, Kuwanhan Reyim; and his wife, Gulkiz Gini. All three were killed, along with two tourists. Chinese authorities also said five people were arrested as accessories in Beijing on Monday night.
October 28, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - Two of the Justice Department's key witnesses in last year's terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, were summoned to Capitol Hill this month and grilled for hours in separate legal depositions. Responding to congressional subpoenas, the State Department security agents were asked how the Libyan terrorists stormed the mission and set parts of it on fire, how they were armed and how they killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, sources with knowledge of the matter said.
October 18, 2013 | By David Wharton
The African field hockey championships will finally take place in Kenya next month, which might not seem like a big deal until you know the backstory. The 2013 Africa Cup for Nations is proof that sports and politics can never be completely separate. The men's and women's tournament was originally scheduled to take place in Egypt but had to be moved because of political unrest in that country. Officials set a new date for early this month in Kenya. Then terrorists attacked Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall in a siege that claimed the lives of at least 67 people and injured many more.
September 22, 2013 | By Nicholas Soi and Robyn Dixon
NAIROBI, Kenya - Security forces launched what they called a final assault late Sunday against Somali militants holed up in a high-end shopping mall, claiming they had freed most of the hostages being held by the gunmen and seized control of much of the building. Military and police helicopters circled low over the multi-story Westgate mall and gunfire rang out throughout the day. As darkness fell, beginning the second night of the siege, a large explosion shook the area. The Kenya National Disaster Operation Center said a major operation was unfolding to end the terrorist attack that killed at least 68 people and injured 175. PHOTOS: Kenya mall attack "This will end tonight," it declared.
August 2, 2013 | By Paul Richter and Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - The State Department issued a worldwide travel alert Friday over the threat of a possible terrorist attack by Al Qaeda or its affiliates, which also prompted a decision to temporarily close 21 embassies and consulates in the Middle East and several predominantly Muslim countries elsewhere. The greatest risk of attack is in the Middle East and North Africa, the department said, and it warned that the attack could emanate from the Arabian Peninsula. The British government is closing its embassy in Yemen on Sunday and Monday but not missions in other Middle Eastern countries, suggesting that London believes the source could be Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
July 16, 2013 | By a Times Staff Writer
French authorities on Tuesday arrested a Norwegian "black metal" musician and neo-Nazi on suspicion of planning  "a large terrorist act. " Varg Vikernes is an alleged sympathizer of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, according to the Associated Press. Breivik killed scores at a Norway youth camp, as the L.A. Times previously reported . French police told the Wall Street Journal that Vikernes was the "author of aggressive racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic comments on Internet forums.
November 6, 2004 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
Reflecting growing fears that a major terrorism attack could come by sea, a top American naval officer officially took over the U.S. Northern Command on Friday, vowing to enhance maritime security nationwide. Adm. Timothy J. Keating, who is replacing retiring Air Force Gen. Ralph Eberhart, said terrorists considered America's ports vulnerable. "It hasn't received a lot of attention because of the way they came at us on Sept. 11," he told reporters.
January 11, 2003 | Richard A. Serrano and Greg Miller, Times Staff Writers
Federal authorities said Friday that more than 100 terrorist attacks planned against the United States and its allies have been thwarted since Sept. 11, 2001, due in large part to the continuing interrogation of enemy combatants and other captives ensnared in the war on terrorism. Although authorities would not officially disclose the nature of the planned attacks, government sources said they included threats against American embassies on three continents, a U.S.
April 30, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- Six men pleaded guilty Tuesday to planning a terrorist attack that failed only because the far-right rally they were targeting in central England ended before they arrived. Police discovered the plot after searching the men's car following a routine traffic check. Inside the trunk was a cache of weapons that included machetes, knives, sawed-off shotguns and at least one crude bomb packed with nails. The six men's guilty pleas came just days after the sentencing of another group of aspiring Islamic terrorists in Britain.
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